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‘Bridgerton’ Season 2 Production Shuts Down Again After COVID-19 Case

UPDATE: Produce Part 2 of “Bridgerton“Stopped working again after the second time COVID-19 case in a week, Diversity confirmed.

Production has been halted for an unspecified amount of time Netflix just. Although the streamer declined to comment on whether the COVID-19 contractee was a member of the cast or crew, the person is currently in isolation.

The outage comes as “Bridgerton” just resumed production on Friday after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 earlier in the week. The Delta variant of COVID-19 has become of increasing concern in the past weeks, as it has caused an increase in cases worldwide. Deadline was the first to announce the second closure.

Diversity understand that filming was halted immediately to allow for a separate round of testing for all participants in the series. All COVID-19 health and safety protocols have been followed and those affected have been isolated.

Season 2 production began in May at various locations in London. Breakout star Phoebe Dynevor returns for the series, based on the novel by Julia Quinn, but Regé-Jean Page will not be on the show.

The pause and resumption of production comes as the UK will fully reopen on July 19, the so-called Freedom Day. The country now has the highest daily rate of new infections in the world with 48,553 cases recorded as of July 15, a seven-day average of 36,886, according to the latest figures released by the UK government. In the past 7 days, the total number of new cases was 261,832 cases, an increase of 32.6%.

The daily death toll is now 63, with 257 people dying from the virus last week, an increase of 47.7%. The daily hospitalization rate is now 563, with 3,933 people hospitalized in the past seven days, an increase of 46.8%.

More than 1.2 million people are being tested daily: 87.5% of the population received the first dose of the vaccine while 67.1% received both shots.

It remains to be seen whether Freedom Day results in a spike in new cases.

Earlier this week, the first season of “Bridgerton” scored 12 Primetime Emmy nominations, including best drama series and lead actor for male lead Page. This is the most popular show of streamers with 82 million viewers.

It is manufactured by Shondaland.

https://variety.com/2021/tv/global/bridgerton-season-2-covid19-1235021418/

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